Langford: A doorway?
Stargate Origins is a Prequel series in the Stargate-verse, and the fourth canonical series, following SG-1, Atlantis, and Universe. It consists of ten webisodes, each about ten minutes long. The first three episodes were released on February 14, 2018, with the remaining episodes to be released weekly thereafter.
In 1928, archaeologist Paul Langford (Connor Trinneer) unearthed an unusual artifact in Egypt: a giant stone ring, about twenty feet in diameter, with hieroglyphs not matching ancient Egyptian. Ten years later, he and his daughter Catherine (Ellie Gall) have made no more headway in understanding the object, but SS occultist Wilhelm Brücke (Aylam Orian) knows what it really is, and plans to use it to help the Nazi cause. The Langfords must team up with British officer James Beal (Philip Alexander) and local guide Wasif (Shvan Aladdin) to stop him.
MGM announced the new series at SDCC in July 2017, in conjunction with a new streaming platform, Stargate Command.
Stargate Origins provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Catherine rescues herself, drives to James and Wasif while still bound, pistol whips her would-be captor, then takes charge to dial the gate and save her father.
- Ambiguously Gay: Wasif insists to James that love is not for him, and that he's sick of people saying that he just hasn't met the right girl yet.
- Bullying a Dragon: Brücke ordered a soldier to take a Goa'uld prisoner. It goes as well as you might expect.
- Cassandra Truth: Brücke is absolutely right about the stargate and the Goa'uld, despite Langford's increasingly outlandish theories as to what's going on. Catherine also struggles to explain to James and Wasif what happened.
- Continuity Nod: Many to the film and early SG-1:
- The ground shakes when the gate is dialed.
- Travelers exit the wormhole cold and covered in a thin layer of frost.
- Catherine still has the Eye of Ra pendant. She'll eventually give it to Daniel Jackson.
- The Germans used a Jeep to provide enough energy to dial the gate. Thirty years later, a time-displaced SG-1 will use the exact same technique.
- Brücke hints that the Nazis have a DHD in Berlin. We know that it will eventually end up with the Russians, then destroyed in an attempt to save Teal'c's life.
- Creepy Crossdresser: The Nazi who was supposed to guard Catherine ends up wearing her underwear.
- Engaging Chevrons: Averted. Brücke does not count out the chevrons when the Germans dial the gate. When Catherine, James, and Wasif dial later, Catherine uses Buffy Speak to point out what to dial.Catherine: Okay James, that one by your left foot? That one there. You need to move that one that kind of looks like a "Y", clockwise.
- Failed a Spot Check: Brücke has to point out to Langford the obvious signs that the pyramid they gated to is still in use and home to an actual society.
- Gone Horribly Right: Brücke is giddy at the prospect of meeting gods and their advanced technology. Then he actually meets a Goa'uld.
- Heroic BSoD: Langford, when he realizes how wrong he was about the stargate.
- Hypocritical Humor: James and Wasif are understandably nervous at traveling through the gate, and Catherine has to exasperatedly push them through. Once it's her turn, she too has to steel herself before crossing the event horizon.
- A Lighter Shade of Black: Aset may be as power-hungry as any other Goa'uld - but she genuinely loves her Harcesis, seems to be quite well regarded by the Abydonians, isn't into sadism as much as her contemporaries (her breaking the Wand of Horus seems to be motivated by a desire to not look weak in front ofBrücke rather than genuine malice) and when she discovers Catherine is Langford's daughter mindwipes them both instead of killing them in recognition of their family bond).
- Rugged Scar: Brücke has one on his left temple.
- Schmuck Bait: To prove that the wormhole is safe, Brücke asks a soldier to perform a Zieg Heil salute in front of the gate, then pushes his hand into the event horizon.
- Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Downplayed. in "The Torment of Tantalus", Catherine says that she was twenty-one during the experiments in 1945. Origins takes place c. 1938-39, but she's clearly not 14-15 years old (dating a British Army officer, and played by 21-year old Ellie Gall). Granted, the original Stargate film portrayed her being about ten years old in 1928, so there was always a timeline problem with Catherine's age anyway.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Brücke's plan, to travel through the stargate and forge an alliance between the Nazis and the god-like aliens who used to rule humanity.
- Timeshifted Actor: Ellie Gall portrays Catherine Langford in place of several actresses (most notably Elizabeth Hoffman and Viveca Lindfors). Connor Trinneer also replaces Erik Holland and Duncan Fraser as Professor Langford.
- Villain with Good Publicity: The Abydonians regard Aset as their friend, implying she's not nearly as barbaric about their treatment as other Goa'uld. Even after she breaks the Wand of Horus, they blame Brücke for making her wicked.
- Would Hit a Girl: Brücke has no problem slapping Catherine, despite his promise to her father.